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Since opening this page, the Queensland resources sector has generated the following contribution to the state's economy

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Media Releases 2014




Industry extends live dust monitoring
9 January 2015 Live air quality monitoring at Brisbane’s Cannon Hill railway station will continue through to 2016 as part of a package of...

QRC congratulates BG Group on gas milestone 30 Dec 2014
30 December 2014 The Queensland Resources Council congratulates the BG Group on reaching a significant milestone in the state's gas industry with...

Domestic stability integral to revival 18 Dec 2014
18 December 2014 The state government’s mid-year budget review released today has reinforced the strength of the bond between resources sector...

Café entrée to resources sector for students 8 Dec 2014
While some schools are winding down in their last week of the year, Nanango SHS students will dedicate this time to learning more about possible...

Outstanding contribution to resources sector recognised 3 Dec 2014
Dr Chris Rawlings, whose career in the resources sector spans 35 years, has been recognised for his significant contribution to the sector with the...

Educational website focus on PNG 2 Dec 2014
2 December 2014 The Papua New Guinea Chamber of Mines and Petroleum today launched the world's first bilingual educational online resource on PNG...

Strong focus on fuels positive 2 Dec 2014
2 December 2014 Queensland’s peak representative body for minerals and energy companies has congratulated the Newman Government on the...

Best and brightest choose resources sector 2 Dec 2014
Some of Queensland’s most talented students this morning received a Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) Ambassador Award, which will give...

Brisbane is Queensland’s biggest mining town 28 Nov 2014
Queensland minerals and energy companies contributed almost $38 billion to the Brisbane region’s economy last financial year according to data...

Resources lynchpin of Queensland economy 28 Nov 2014
The minerals and energy sector’s pivotal economic role in Queensland has been reaffirmed with an estimated $77.6 billion contribution to the state’s...

ABC sinks to new low in anti-mining bias 26 Nov 2014
26 November 2014 Yesterday's ABC Queensland 7pm television news bulletin and associated website coverage of proposed water legislation in...

New port laws give security to reef and industry 25 Nov 2014
The Queensland Resources Council welcomes proposed new ports laws, introduced into parliament today, which will increase reef protection while giving...

Queensland resources sector on track to reach G20 women’s target 18 Nov 2014
Queensland’s resources sector is on track to meet the G20’s target of reducing the global gender gap in workforce participation. In its communique...

Boost for jobs, economy in coal announcements 17 Nov 2014
17 November 2014 Two major announcements today have delivered Queensland's leading export industry with a resounding vote of confidence in its...

IEA: Australia to lead world in coal and gas exports 13 Nov 2014
The global energy agency has forecast that Australia is set to be one of the world’s leading coal and gas exporters, but warns energy poverty remains...

Bipartisan approach protects reef health and port development 10 Nov 2014
The Queensland Resources Council welcomes the emerging bipartisan approach to port development that will give industry security after federal and...

Bowen Basin exploration boost 5 Nov 2014
5 November 2014 Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche has congratulated Stanmore Coal on winning a further $1.5 million in...

Compelling case for infrastructure 4 Nov 2014
4 November 2014 As reported in the September quarter edition of State of the Sector, the Queensland Resources Council has presented...

Queensland opportunity in IPCC report 3 Nov 2014
3 November 2014 Queensland’s coal and gas industries are uniquely positioned to continue underwriting the state’s economy while making major...

Explorers heartened by government initiatives 31 Oct 2014
31 October 2014 Despite no end in sight to low commodity prices and global market uncertainty, Queensland’s minerals and energy exploration...

Danger in FIFO witch-hunt 30 Oct 2014
30 October 2014 The peak body for minerals and energy companies in Queensland is concerned that the demonisation of non-resident workers will come...

Video: QRC responds to Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan 28 Oct 2014
Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche’s response on the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan after a group questioned the...

Deloitte: Gas exports keep Qld ahead of the pack 27 Oct 2014
A diverse resources sector will ensure Queensland remains a front runner among the states for growth, according to an economic report released today...

Resources spark business innovation 20 Oct 2014
20 October 2014 The Queensland Resources Council has added its congratulations to the winners of the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards for...

Another month, another embarrassment for TAI 17 Oct 2014
The Queensland Resources Council has thanked a founding member of the anti-coal and gas movement for promoting the sector’s annual survey of...

Global partnership for Cockatoo Coal 16 Oct 2014
A $3.5 million global partnership between Cockatoo Coal and a Japanese government owned corporation was announced today at the Australia Japan Coal...

The Queensland coal industry and sustainable development within the Great Barrier Reef region 16 Oct 2014
16 October 2014 Excerpt: 'The beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and the many pressures that it is under from climate change, river runoff and...

Record exports for Queensland coal 13 Oct 2014
Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s official opening today of BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance’s (BMA) Caval Ridge Mine in central Queensland has coincided...

Activist litigation stymies jobs for Queenslanders 9 Oct 2014
Serial Land Court litigants today continued their campaign of vexatious litigation to disrupt and delay resources projects. Coast and Country, a...

Resources sector cautious over changes to cropping land 8 Oct 2014
Queensland’s peak resources sector body will work closely with the Queensland Government to ensure changes to the strategic cropping lands (SCL)...

Environmental approval ignites job creating gas project 8 Oct 2014
Federal government approval for a key component of the Arrow Energy Bowen Gas Project brings the creation of hundreds of much needed new jobs for...

Infrastructure lease plan the right answer for the state 7 Oct 2014
The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the state government’s decision today to proceed with a program of long-term leasing of certain...

Shipping plan builds on strong protections 7 Oct 2014
The North-East Shipping Management Plan, launched today by the Federal governments, ensures continued stringent regulations for shipping in northern...

New report card for North Queensland rivers to Reef 1 Oct 2014
MACKAY: A program to monitor and improve the health of North Queensland waterways from the rivers to the Reef was launched in Mackay today. Chief...

Video: QRC responds to Isaac Plains job losses 30 Sep 2014
Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche replies to today's announcement of job losses at Isaac Plains coal mine in Queensland's...

Full steam ahead for job-creating coal project 25 Sep 2014
Queensland’s peak resources sector body says today’s Commonwealth Government approval of Adani Mining’s North Galilee Basin Rail (NGBR) project...

BREE: Resource sector outlook remains strong 24 Sep 2014
A federal economics adviser has forecast a positive outlook for the Queensland resources sector despite the negative activist coal and gas divestment...

Time for mining law fact-check 19 Sep 2014
A rhetorical arms-race was triggered last week with two changes to laws governing the resources sector. The amendments, which make changes to the...

Left-wing ‘think tank’ short changes resources sector 18 Sep 2014
This is an opinion article provided to The Courier Mail but not published, because of ‘lack of space’. The QRC wrote the opinion piece after The...

Bowen rallies for the future 17 Sep 2014
The peak representative body for the Queensland resources sector congratulates the Bowen community on its rally for their future prosperity and in...

Mining subsidy claim exposed as sham 15 Sep 2014
A report by an anti-mining 'think tank' claiming that the Australian resources sector was ripping money from state and territory government coffers...

Reef 2050 plan charts course for healthy future 15 Sep 2014
The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan launched today by the Australian and Queensland governments charts the course to progressively restore...

New mine laws deliver a recipe for regional economic growth 10 Sep 2014
10 September Queensland’s peak body for the resources sector has welcomed the passage of the Mineral and Energy Resources (Common Provisions)...

More jobs and prosperity for Queenslanders 9 Sep 2014
Queensland’s peak resources sector body has welcomed the state government’s environmental approval for a new gas project that will benefit Bowen...

Industry commitment to port best practice to the fore 8 Sep 2014
The peak representative body for the Queensland resources sector has welcomed the decision by the Queensland Government to take advantage of a...

Man wins new national award for increasing female numbers at WA mine 5 Sep 2014
A man who increased the proportion of women at a WA mining operation from just 16.5 percent in 2012 to 25.4 percent in 2013 has taken out the Gender...

Senate report backs reef plan 3 Sep 2014
3 September 2014 The peak representative body for the Queensland resources sector said the Senate report into the Great Barrier Reef backs the...

First female asset president takes top national award 2 Sep 2014
2 September 2014 The first woman to be appointed as an asset president within BHP Billiton has won the inaugural Thiess Women in Resources...

Support for women in mining and energy careers 1 Sep 2014
A program to encourage women to stay in resources sector careers will continue next year, with continuation of funding from the Queensland...

Opportunity knocks for Cape York 28 Aug 2014
The Queensland Resources Council has congratulated Glencore International AG on its selection by the state government as preferred developer of the...

China coal forecast wrong 26 Aug 2014
26 August 2014 The peak representative body for Queensland’s minerals and energy exporters has rejected claims that China would cut its reliance...

Resources sector welcomes river health study results 21 Aug 2014
The peak advocacy body for the resources sector in Queensland has welcomed a new Fitzroy River health report, which shows most reporting areas...

Mount Isa Chamber a QRC Regional Partner 21 Aug 2014
21 August 2014 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce to its Regional Partner Program. QRC Chief...

Townsville Enterprise and QRC link under Regional Partnership 19 Aug 2014
TOWNSVILLE: The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed Townsville Enterprise to its Regional Partnership Program. QRC Chief Executive...

Students swap classrooms for field biology 18 Aug 2014
Students from Toolooa SHS will swap their school uniforms for outdoor gear when the travel to the Calliope Ranges tomorrow to work as...

Students in Olympic effort to solve science riddles 14 Aug 2014
Local students will solve geological, environmental and engineering problems during a ‘Science Olympiad’ workshop to be held in Mackay...

Regional Queensland on track to benefit from Adani approval 14 Aug 2014
14 August 2014 The peak representative body for Queensland’s minerals and energy sector has congratulated Adani on earning state approval for its...

$2.1 million reasons for a bright resources future 13 Aug 2014
13 August 2014 The resources sector has congratulated Queensland’s Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Andrew Cripps for delivering a shot...

Science confirms Great Barrier Reef challenges 12 Aug 2014
12 August 2014 The scientific focus on improving the health of the Great Barrier Reef took another leap forward today with the release of several...

Safety focus always sharp: QRC Board 12 Aug 2014
12 August 2014 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Board of Directors has recommitted the sector to maintaining the highest standards of safety...

Anti-industry vexatious litigation proven and continuing 6 Aug 2014
6 August 2014 Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche told a Parliamentary Committee hearing today that there was clear...

Minister delivers double dividend for North Queensland 1 Aug 2014
1 August 2014 The Queensland Government has set the stage today for development of a multi-billion dollar, world-class uranium mining industry...

The plan for Queensland 31 Jul 2014
31 July 2014 The Queensland Resources Council has welcomed the launch today by Premier Newman of a 30-year vision for the state. Chief...

A tale of two commentaries 30 Jul 2014
Authors: Fanny Douvere (UNESCO World Heritage Centre) and Tim Badman (IUCN), June, 2012 Pages 51-52 of attachment (below): 'The mission also...

Carmichael mine and rail approval to bolster regional jobs 28 Jul 2014
28 July 2014 The peak representative body for Queensland minerals and energy sector has congratulated Adani Mining on winning federal approval...

Record coal exports eating into port capacity 24 Jul 2014
25 July 2014 Queensland is just a few years away from using up its existing coal export capacity according to latest port data. Addressing a...

Anti-industry advertising continues in fact-free mode 21 Jul 2014
21 July 2014 QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche's opening statement to the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Communications’ inquiry...

Carbon tax mistake consigned to dustbin 17 Jul 2014
17 July 2014 One of Australia’s biggest public policy mistakes in decades has been fittingly consigned to the dustbin with today’s repeal of the...

State of the Sector – June Quarter 2014 edition 15 Jul 2014
15 July 2014 QRC business plan Chief Executive Michael Roche reports that maintaining members’ global competitiveness and social licence...

No break for gas in activist agenda 8 Jul 2014
8 July 2014 Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche has warned a meeting of gas industry professionals that their industry is...

They wouldn’t have a clue 3 Jul 2014
3 July 2014 Countries voicing concern about the impact of Queensland port developments on the Great Barrier Reef are mouthpieces for environmental...

Fairer system will cut costs
1 July 2014 Queensland’s peak resources sector body says amendments to an industry long service leave scheme which came into effect today will...

Milestone shows confidence in Queensland resources sector 25 Jun 2014
Queensland’s peak resources sector body says a new underground operation at the Ernest Henry copper mine in the state’s North West demonstrates a...

Another day, another bogus report from left field 24 Jun 2014
24 June 2014 The Australia Institute has outdone itself with an economic analysis of the Queensland resources sector that would embarrass the...

UNESCO vote of confidence in reef management 18 Jun 2014
18 June UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee (WHC) has delivered a vote of confidence in Australia’s ongoing management of the iconic Great Barrier...

Foundations for exploration success 18 Jun 2014
18 June 2014 Excerpt: 'The uncomfortable reality is that levels of known economic reserves of metals in Queensland are very low. Some of...

Industry supports Queensland aiming high 17 Jun 2014
17 June 2014 The minerals and energy sector is backing Natural Resources and Mines Minister Andrew Cripps’ ambition to make Queensland the...

Reef water quality flows from scientific focus 12 Jun 2014
12 June 2014 The scientific focus on improving water quality across the Great Barrier Reef is reaping returns according to the latest report card...

Port strategy sets Gladstone on course as industrial powerhouse 11 Jun 2014
11 June 2014 Gladstone is set to consolidate its position as Queensland’s industrial powerhouse following release of the new Ports Strategy for...

Coal and gas industries deliver for Queensland 6 Jun 2014
6 June 2014 A sweeping set of reforms before the Queensland Parliament will help to boost the contribution of the resources sector to the...

Ports Strategy supports development and reveals false claims 5 Jun 2014
5 June 2014 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) today welcomed the release of the state government’s Ports Strategy, which shows an...

Budget plan makes the right choices 3 Jun 2014
3 June 2014 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Queensland Government’s plan to repair the state’s budget. The QRC...

The role of resources in north Queensland 30 May 2014
30 May 2014 Excerpt of QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche's opening statement to the Commonwealth Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia in...

New awards recognise outstanding contribution of Indigenous people to resources sector 30 May 2014
30 May 2014 The contribution of Indigenous people and initiatives to increase their number in the resources sector in Queensland has been...

Long-term outlook positive despite negative activist campaign 29 May 2014
29 May 2014 A federal government economics adviser has forecast a positive outlook for the resources sector in Queensland. The Bureau of...

Air quality initiatives speak volumes 28 May 2014
28 May 2014 Cherry-picked data used to feed the anti-coal movement’s scaremongering agenda is no substitute for tangible actions to reduce coal...

German bank’s reef concerns based on UNESCO misunderstanding 23 May 2014
23 May 2014 Activists kicked an own goal today on their European vacation by lobbying a German bank that is not funding Queensland’s Abbot Point...

QLeave changes bring fairer system 21 May 2014
Queensland’s peak resources sector body says amendments to an industry long service leave scheme will make the system fairer. The Queensland...

No shortage of dredging reports 19 May 2014
19 May 2014 The Queensland Resources Council says claims about a lack of scientific scrutiny surrounding dredging and seabed placement don’t stack...

Strongest choice is investment boost 16 May 2014
16 May 2014 Around one quarter of Queensland’s coal production is in the red according to the latest industry data provided to Treasurer Tim...

Results focused process one step closer 14 May 2014
14 May 2014 The Queensland Resources Council has congratulated the federal and state governments on further progress towards a ‘one stop shop’ for...

Mixed bag Hockey budget 13 May 2014
13 May 2014 The peak representative body for Queensland's minerals and energy producers has described the 2014 federal budget delivered tonight by...

Reef TV campaign kicks goals 12 May 2014
12 May 2014 The Queensland Resources Council’s Reef Facts television advertising campaign has resulted in thousands more Australians...

Partnership a blueprint for vibrant Queensland resources sector 12 May 2014
12 May 2014 Queensland resources sector has welcomed an agreement signed today with the Queensland government that takes a long-term view to...

Carmichael mine one step closer 8 May 2014
8 May 2014 The peak representative body for Queensland minerals and energy sector has congratulated Adani Mining on reaching an important...

Releasing the handbrakes on NW development 6 May 2014
6 May 2014 QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche canvassed several major issues in a speech today to the Mining the North West Conference in...

Progress on GBR future welcomed 1 May 2014
1 May 2014 The peak representative body for Queensland minerals and energy exporters has welcomed the release overnight by UNESCO’s World Heritage...

Royalty hike a wrong choice, not a strong choice 30 Apr 2014
30 April 2014 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has called on the state government to ensure its Strong Choices campaign is not hijacked by...

New light on port dredging impacts 23 Apr 2014
23 April 2014 A review of port-related dredging and associated environmental impacts in subtropical and tropical waters has been welcomed as an...

Reef facts to fore in advertising 22 Apr 2014
22 April 2014 Television commercials urging Australians to become informed about the true environmental health of the Great Barrier Reef will...

Lack of services biting resource communities 17 Apr 2014
Published 17 April 2014 Australian Provincial Newspapers EXCERPT: Not everyone wants to commute. Resources companies don’t want to see...

Alpha mine go-ahead milestone 8 Apr 2014
8 April 2014 Today’s decision by the Land Court to uphold government approvals for the Alpha coal project represents a milestone for Queensland’s...

Cost cutting improves competitiveness of Queensland resources sector 7 Apr 2014
Extensive cost management programs have put the Queensland resources sector on a more competitive footing with its global competitors. Chief...

Resources sector to boost business with indigenous companies 2 Apr 2014
2 April 2014 Some of Queensland’s leading resources companies attended a forum today to discuss how they can engage more indigenous businesses in...

Indigenous companies bid for resources sector work 26 Mar 2014
26 March 2014 Leading Queensland resources companies and their major contractors will meet local indigenous business people with the aim of...

Court challenges foreshadowed and proceeding 24 Mar 2014
24 March 2014 The Mackay Conservation Group’s Federal Court challenge to Environment Minister Greg Hunt’s approval for the Abbot Point coal...

Cooperation to unlock sustained prosperity 21 Mar 2014
21 March 2014 The Queensland Resources Council has acknowledged passage of the Regional Planning Interests Act 2014 in the Parliament as a...

The battle over Abbot Point risks losing the Great Barrier Reef war 21 Mar 2014
21 March 2014 Writing in The Conversation, Central Queensland University marine scientist Dr Alison Jones dissects the debate surrounding...

A-G’s reform package to deliver 20 Mar 2014
20 March 2014 The Queensland Resources Council has congratulated Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie for delivering on a comprehensive review of...

More transparency in coal dust reporting 20 Mar 2014
20 March 2014 In another show of industry determination to meet community expectations over the management of dust emissions from coal trains on...

Resources sector seeks to recognise outstanding indigenous employees 18 Mar 2014
The state’s peak resources sector body wants to recognise and promote the work of indigenous people in Queensland’s resources sector and encourage...

Activist ‘checklist’ two years on 18 Mar 2014
18 March 2014 ROCKHAMPTON: Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Michael Roche today released a checklist of coordinated activism aimed at...

First female asset president takes top Queensland resources award 7 Mar 2014
7 March 2014 The first woman to be appointed as an asset president within BHP Billiton has won the prestigious Resources Award for Women presented...

BMA wins gong for attracting women to mining workforce 6 Mar 2014
7 March 2014 To BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA), employing more women at its new Daunia and Caval Ridge operations was a business...

String of firsts leads former female butcher to top resources sector award 6 Mar 2014
7 March 2014 Blackwater woman Leah Ross’s string of firsts since leaving her butchery trade for the lure of driving large machinery, culminated in...

Mount Isa woman wins top tradie award 6 Mar 2014
7 March 2014 Amy Woods, an Underground Install electrician at the Glencore Mount Isa Copper Operations has taken out the trade category of the...

Resources sector needs more women to remain globally competitive 6 Mar 2014
7 March 2014 Queensland’s resources sector needs to attract more women to remain globally competitive according to Craig McCabe, General Manager...

Mature age single mum is resources sector’s rising star 6 Mar 2014
7 March 2014 Cindy Emmett, a single mother of four boys who put herself through university as a mature age student to attain her mechanical...

Women heed the call to resources jobs 6 Mar 2014
6 March 2014 More women are taking up careers in Queensland’s minerals and energy sectors according to latest figures released by the state’s peak...

Landholder and community input boosted 4 Mar 2014
4 March 2014 The freeing of Queensland’s resources development approval processes from vexatious court objections would give stronger voice to...

Central Highlands Development Corporation and QRC join forces 4 Mar 2014
4 March 2014 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) is pleased to welcome the Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC) as a Regional...

MAIN and QRC link under Regional Partnership 27 Feb 2014
27 February 2014 The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomed the Mackay Area Industry Network (MAIN) to its Regional Partnership...

Bill can deliver for Queensland 12 Feb 2014
12 February 2014 The Queensland Resources Council has urged a Parliamentary Committee to recommend to the state government that it refocus a...

New guide to help FIFO workers 5 Feb 2014
5 February 2014 A new guide has been released by Queensland’s peak resources sector body to help long-distance commuters working in the state’s...

New report confirms the real threats to the reef 2 Feb 2014
Queensland's peak body for the resources sector has welcomed the release today of the Australian Government's progress report to UNESCO's World...

Industry backs science-based decision 31 Jan 2014
Queensland’s peak resources sector body has backed the science-based decision of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) to grant...

Social media storm won’t divert focus on facts and science 22 Jan 2014
22 January 2014 Queensland’s peak resources sector body says it’s confident the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) will make its...

Resources sector backing science 17 Jan 2014
17 January 2014 Queensland’s peak resources sector body says it remains confident that the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will continue...